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A Western Australian employee covered by a WA award or industrial agreement requiring superannuation contributions to be paid into a fund is entitled to ‘choice of fund’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) ( the IR Act ). Other employees eligible for superannuation may be entitled to...
Choice of superannuation fund
This page contains frequently asked questions on forklifts. Do I always have to wear the seat belt when operating a forklift truck? Yes. Regulation 4.44 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 states that an employer must ensure that the operator of the forklift uses the seat belt...
Forklifts
Did you know? The most common metal guillotine injuries are crushed or amputated fingers. Most of these accidents are not caused by the blade of the guillotine, but by the clamps that hold the sheet of metal being cut. Other injuries are from fingers jamming under the sheet of metal being cut, and...
Plant and machinery
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system cover businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Getting started
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Bereavement leave
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Parental leave
Chemicals, just like any other hazard, need to be managed. The information on this page will assist you in achieving this. What should I do to manage chemical hazards? Employers and self employed people have a legal responsibility to obtain adequate information about hazardous substances used in...
Hazardous substances
It is mandatory for employers to release employees who are members of the Reserve to undertake defence service, including defence service training. It is an offence under the federal Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act for an employer to dismiss or otherwise disadvantage an employee for...
Defence reserve service
Employers are required to continue to pay employees their normal wages or salary when they are summonsed to attend court as a juror or witness. There are significant penalties that apply if an employer refuses to pay or acts in a detrimental way to an employee undertaking jury duty. Employers can...
Jury service
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Sick and carer's leave

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A 60-year-old man died when 200-litre drum he was attempting to cut with an angle grinder exploded. The man had marked a cutting line on the drum and left both bungs secured. When the angle grinder...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
This poster provides information on how to protect your hearing
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Display this poster in your workplace to highlight the dangers of hazardous substances.
WorkSafe
Poster
21 May 2014
Would you like a simple message to encourage a safe and healty workplace?
WorkSafe
Poster
22 May 2014
Add your safety reps details to this poster and pin on the notice board.
WorkSafe
Poster
21 May 2014
ThinkSafe Sam - the three steps to safety, spot the hazard, solve the problem and make the changes
WorkSafe
Poster
20 Jun 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Machinery
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Kitchens - Poster
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
Ask your boss how to do the job safely - Falls
WorkSafe
Poster
20 May 2014
The film New to the Job can be used as part of an induction program for new workers. Running Time: 23:03 mins
WorkSafe
Training material
29 May 2014

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WA’s cyclone season has now begun, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “The cyclone season officially began on November 1, and under workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2014
If you’re a subcontractor in the construction industry and have had issues getting paid for your work then we want to hear from you! As a subcontractor, you rely on being paid by those who you have benefited from your hard work. Cash flow is critical to the survival of the business and disputes over payment can be costly and time consuming. The Construction Contracts Act 2004 was established by...
Building Commission
Event
03 Nov 2014
A landscaping company and its Director have been fined a total of $95,000 (plus $6000 in costs) after a member of the public died after being struck by a bobcat on a landscaping site in November 2011. Total Landscape Redevelopment Service Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of a person who was not an employee, and was fined $75,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court today...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Oct 2014
The four winners of the prestigious 2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. St John of God Murdoch Hospital, St John of God Subiaco Hospital, Peter Minchin and Brian Pugsley are the winners of the Award categories. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the four winners were examples of the many excellent workplace innovations and occupational...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Oct 2014
Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace safety and health system following the tabling in Parliament of the draft Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (‘the Green Bill’). WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today called for public comment on the Bill, the WA version of the national Model Work Health and Safety Bill, the harmonised...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2014
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards in tree lopping and gardening services. The inspection program will continue throughout the current financial year, and will cover both metropolitan and regional areas of WA. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the tree lopping and gardening sector was being targeted because the work was hazardous and resulted in a high...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Oct 2014
WorkSafe is conducting a further inspection program to look at safety standards in restaurants throughout the 2014/15 financial year. An initial inspection program in this sector was conducted last financial year, and the areas of concern identified by that program prompted a follow-up. The program will focus on larger restaurants in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Sep 2014
WorkSafe is conducting a further inspection program to look at safety standards in restaurants throughout the 2014/15 financial year. An initial inspection program in this sector was conducted last financial year, and the areas of concern identified by that program prompted a follow-up. The program will focus on larger restaurants in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Sep 2014
After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
An Applecross bakery has been fined $9000 (plus more than $900 in costs) over an incident in which an employee’s arm was broken when it was trapped in a dough mixer. Newform Holdings Pty Ltd – trading as La Crust Bakery – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In August 2012, a baker employed by Newform Holdings...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Sep 2014

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